St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Receives Donation From Anna 4 Paws

Jun 10, 2024

Chalmette, Louisiana – The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office recently received a donation of life-saving canine first aid equipment and canine first aid training from Anna 4 Paws.  On hand for the donation was Sheriff James Pohlmann, Major Daniel Bostic, Lieutenant Matthew Arcement, Deputy Patrick Clark w/ Canine Pit, Hospital Manager Lacey Hart of Pet Care Center Chalmette, Dr. Margaret Trumble, Medical Director of Anna 4 Paws and Anna 4 Paws Founder, Adrian Thompson.

Sheriff Pohlmann invited everyone to his office where he learned about the Anna 4 Paws program and how it benefits his agency and the people of St. Bernard Parish.  Thanks to the donation, SBSO Narcotics Agent and K9 handler Patrick Clark now has an essential canine-specific first-aid kit for his partner K9 Pit in the event he ever gets injured on the job and needs to be stabilized in the field before being transferred to get emergency medical care.

We truly appreciate Anna 4 Paws’ efforts to ensure our K9 Unit is equipped with essential tools they may need in an emergency,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “It’s important that all of our deputies, including K9 Pit, who is an integral member of our law enforcement team, receive immediate and effective care if injured in the line of duty. ~ Sheriff Pohlmann

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office recently started a canine unit after approximately twenty years without one. Major Daniel Bostic, SBSO Special Investigations Division Commander, said having a narcotics detection dog is a substantial benefit for the Narcotics Unit and the Sheriff’s Office as a whole.  “The K9 Unit enhances our expertise and agility, strengthening our commitment to effective law enforcement”.

Thompson explained to Sheriff Pohlmann how he founded Anna 4 Paws after his partner, Canine Anna was injured on the job and he had neither proper canine first aid equipment nor proper canine first aid training to stabilize Canine Anna before transporting her to the emergency veterinarian.

Anna 4 Paws partners with veterinarians local to the receiving agencies who agree to maintain the canine first aid kits, meaning if anything is used or expires, the handler can go to his or her sponsoring veterinarian and have those items replaced at no cost to the agency or the handler.  For the donation to St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, Pet Care Center Chalmette agreed to partner with Anna 4 Paws and maintain Canine Pit’s First Aid Kit.

Speaking of why her hospital partnered with Anna 4 Paws and the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, Hospital Manger and United States Air Force veteran, Lacey Hart said “I feel it is our duty to serve the community, especially so for what the canine unit brings to the parish.  Partnering with Anna 4 Paws is an incredible resource that everyone will soon know how amazing they are!  While deployed overseas I felt helpless to the canine units so I am glad I am able to make an imprint here and now”

Thompson also let everyone know why this donation, in particular, was extra special for him.

I grew up in St. Bernard Parish and began my career in law enforcement at the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office in the late 90’s, before moving to JPSO.  Even though I live elsewhere these days, St Bernard will always be home, so being able to bring this program to Sheriff Pohlmann and SBSO meant a lot to me!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to assist Anna 4 Paws in bringing this very valuable canine first aid equipment and training to other working canine teams, please click here.

Contributor: Kim Gritter, Public Information Officer SBSO